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Valentines are fun
to make and everyone enjoys receiving them. Supply children
with some basic materials and let them be creative. Red,
white, pink and some shades of purple or blue pieces of paper
can be used. Heart-shaped stickers and other Valentine
stickers are useful too. If you have old Valentine cards or
other greeting cards available, children might want to cut
pictures out of those and paste them onto their cards. Some
doilies, ribbons and small silk flowers can be glued in place.
Make scissors, school paste or white glue and markers, paints
or crayons available. (Of course, for young children, you
might have to do the cutting and help with the glue. Keep
For Valentine's Day
This is so easy, I've had kids make them. Bend a wire coat
hanger in the shape of a heart. Tear strips of Red, White and
red/white print fabric to about 1" x 5". Tie fabric
strips onto the wire heart until it is full. Add some ribbons
and/or flowers to decorate the heart and hang it on your front
door as a "Valentine Welcome".
Characters and Critters
Cut heart shapes
out of construction paper in different sizes. Paste them onto
a sheet of paper to create Valentine characters and critters.
A heart turned sideways makes a good fish and they work well
for teddy bears too.
Make a Lace
Cut a 2 heart
shaped pieces of nylon net and two pieces of red lace of the
same shape and size. Pin one piece of red lace and one piece
of nylon net together. Pin white lace edging around the
outside edges of that heart and stitch it in place. The net is
on the inside and red lace on the outside. Pin the second
piece of red lace and nylon net together. Stitch it to the
first heart with the lace, leaving a opening. The nylon net
goes inside on both hearts. Fill the opening with potpourri
and then sew the opening closed. Add a ribbon that is tied
into a bow and a small silk or ribbon flower. Hang it from a
Valentine tree or use it as a table decoration.
Bake a Heart-Shaped Cake
you don't have a heart-shaped pan, use an 8" round cake pan and an
8" square cake pan. Follow the cake mix instructions or recipe to
prepare cake batter. Grease and flour pans or use baker's parchment
to prevent cakes from sticking to pans. Bake the cakes.
cakes have cooled, cut the round cake in half and position it, as
shown in illustrations below, around the square cake. This
forms a heart shape. If you don't have a large enough platter to
hold the cake, cover a sturdy piece of cardboard with aluminum foil.
the cake and decorate it. Let kids try their hand at using a
decorating tube with icing. They can practice on waxed paper first.
Weave Paper to Make a Heart
Cut two pieces of paper
as show above. Make one red and the other one white, pink or orchid.
Weave the strips together and make a heart. Small ones can be hung
as decorations. Large ones can be covered with clear plastic Contact
paper and used as placemats.
Make a Heart
Fold a strip of paper
accordion style. Cut a heart shape through all layers, leaving areas on
each side of the folded hearts that are not cut. Open the accordion for a
chain of hearts.
Play with Red balloons
Try to keep the balloon
from hitting the floor and toss it from one person to another. (As
always with balloons, immediately dispose of broken pieces and don't
let young children play with balloons which have not been inflated
because they are a serious choking hazard.)
Kids' Craft of the Month
This book is in the process of publication.
Valentine Activities for
by Kas Winters
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Valentine Bag with
Needle Weaving Design
Use the squares of
the gingham to cross stitch a heart design.
Counted Cross Stitch Design
for Cards or Pillow Ornaments
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